Chennai: A man seeking help from his water logged house at Kotturpuram after heavy rains in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar (PTI12_2_2015_000133B)
Chennai: A man seeking help from his water logged house at Kotturpuram after heavy rains in Chennai on Wednesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar (PTI12_2_2015_000133B)

Chennai: Homeowners in Tamil Nadu whose houses remained submerged for a couple of days during the recent floods need not worry about structural stability if there are no visible signs of wall cracks, an expert has said.

The homeowners, however, might have to spend on replacing electrical systems — wiring and sockets, woodwork and furniture, he added.

“Most of the structures in the last 30 years were built using reinforced concrete. Concrete under water should not be a problem. Bricks will not give any problem if submerged for days,” Ravindra Getto, a civil engineering professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IITM), told IANS. Wood has to be checked for pests, he added.

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